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Koha Oriental Foods at center of Hep A outbreak fined for warehouse violation

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A food distributor that was under investigation as part of Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii last year has been fined $100,000 for operating a food storage warehouse facility without a state permit for nearly a year, the state Department of Health announced.

DOH said Koha Oriental Foods operated the facility in Waipahu without a permit from October 2015 to August 2016.

The facility, located at 94-150 Leokane St., was being used to store frozen seafood and other products for sale and distribution.

Officials said Koha was the local distributor that supplied Genki Sushi with tainted scallops that led to the outbreak. Health officials discovered the unpermitted food warehouse in late August 2016 as part of the outbreak investigation.

According to the DOH, Koha immediately applied for and received a legal permit after learning of the violation. Koha can also contest the fine.

Hawaii food establishments that don’t obtain permits are subject to fines of up to $1,000 per day for each violation.

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